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KAMIAH, ID - At the conclusion of a crowded Congressional Town Hall in Kamiah, Idaho, Congressman Russ Fulcher reiterated his support for the approval of the Gas Transmission Northwest XPress Project (GTN Xpress) by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to benefit his constituents in Idaho. The approval of the GTN Xpress project will allow an extra 150 million standard cubic feet per day in an existing pipeline. The project approval does not build out new pipelines - but rather upgrades existing facilities in Athol, Idaho and two other locations operated by TC Energy in Washington and Oregon. The upgraded facilities will provide increased reliability for natural gas supplies to Idaho-based shipper, Intermountain Gas Company.

Congressman Fulcher commented, “Despite the Biden Administration’s anti-liquid natural gas and other proven fuel policies, simple projects to increase supply are finally moving forward for Idahoans to increase energy reliability. Projects like the GTN Xpress utilize existing infrastructure with new technology to provide additional value to consumers in the Northwest. In the future, I expect FERC to have a streamlined process for technological advancements on previously approved projects. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Energy & Commerce Committee to deliver more energy wins for the American people.”

Background: TC Energy filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on October 4th, 2021, to upgrade software, modify turbine compressors, and add additional gas cooling at three facilities in Athol, Idaho, Starbuck, Washington, and Kent, Washington. The existing pipeline infrastructure has been in service since 1962 and serves customers primarily in the Pacific Northwest.

On October 23rd, 2023, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the upgrades to the existing pipeline infrastructure operated by TC Energy to allow for an increase of 150 million standard cubic feet per day in service to shippers in the Pacific Northwest.